Day: February 18, 2015

Norm Macdonald recalls the week of making SNL40 happen, and the Eddie Murphy performance that almost happened

Norm Macdonald is as straight a shooter of one-liners and longer punchline-laden jokes as there has ever been in stand-up comedy. It made his tenure as Weekend Update anchor stand out so much he was the only one fired from his Saturday Night Live gig midseason. It has made his stand-up specials memorably meta; his appearances on Comedy Central even more epically so. And when he decides to go on Twitter, whether it’s to call the action of a PGA golf tournament or recall the play-by-play of his own comedy career, he, still, holds nothing back. Tonight Macdonald managed...

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Conan O’Brien shot a special “Conan in Cuba” episode that will air March 4, 2015

Conan O’Brien has enjoyed great success when he leaves his late-night TV studios, whether at NBC or now TBS, to journey out for remote field pieces, whether they’ve been in New York City, Hollywood, Burbank or even off to Ireland and Finland. Over his four-day President’s Day weekend, O’Brien revealed that he took a small camera crew to Cuba and filmed enough remote pieces there for a special episode of Conan that’ll air Wednesday, March 4, 2015. He first broke the news Monday night via Twitter, writing: “I just spent the last four days shooting my show all around...

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Ben & Jerry’s unveils new flavor, The Tonight Dough, for Jimmy Fallon

Four years ago, Ben and Jerry’s created a special ice-cream flavor for Jimmy Fallon to celebrate his tenure in late-night with Late Night Snack, but that name no longer fits. Hasn’t for a year. So now, the host of The Tonight Show has a brand-new flavor, unveiled last night. The Tonight Dough features Caramel & Chocolate Ice Creams with Chocolate Cookie Swirls & Gobs of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough & Peanut Butter Cookie Dough. Ben & Jerry’s says proceeds from your purchase of the flavor will be dedicated to SeriousFun Children’s Network of global camps for children with serious...

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Jon Stewart is leaving The Daily Show, so what happens next?

Before leaving for a regularly scheduled vacation last weekend, Jon Stewart surprised everyone watching The Daily Show that he’d be taking a more permanent vacation, retiring by the end of his 17th year at the helm of Comedy Central’s preeminent late-night news satire program. Here he was, in his own Moment of Zen: Comedy Central responded swiftly via Twitter to the announcement. Thank you Jon. — Comedy Central (@ComedyCentral) February 10, 2015 But what happens next is very unknown. “This certainly is a moment of big change for us at 11 o’clock,” Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless told...

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Funny or Die moves “Billy on the Street” to TruTV for season four, jumps for joy with Michelle Obama and Big Bird

Funny or Die has moved Billy Eichner’s game-show-on-the-street Billy on the Street from Fuse to TruTV for its upcoming fourth season, and the deal also includes for repeat airings on TBS, plus a development hold on Eichner for future pilots, projects and specials on all of Turner’s cable channels. TBS president David Levy told The Hollywood Reporter: “This deal is a great opportunity to tap into and expand the Billy phenomenon using the power of the Turner portfolio. No other media company has the assets and the reach — especially among Generation X, Millennials and Generation Edge viewers —...

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